Memory verses for this week:
Cor 2:14 But the
natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they
are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are
In Chapter 12, we found that we are required to serve the
Lord as a child of God. And
if we do not, we can be sure that chastisement will come. We are to look at Jesus’ example and follow after
will not make mistakes when we pattern our lives after Jesus.
We conclude our study of Hebrews today as we cover Chapter
Instructions for Christians
13:1 Let brotherly love continue.
13:2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some
have entertained angels unawares.
13:3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them
which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
don’t think that we underestimate the power of love. God wants us to love one another, and not to just limit
that love to those that we know.
Of course we should care and prefer our Christian friends
over others, but we should all have some friends that don’t know
the Lord that we may be able to persuade to come to a saving
knowledge of Jesus Christ over time.
Cor 13:8 Charity never
faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether
there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it
shall vanish away.
Cor 13:9 For we know in
part, and we prophesy in part.
1 Cor 13:13 And
now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of
these is charity.
never know who we may come in contact with, and we should so live
that Christian love is known in our daily walk.
The bible tells us here in verse 2 that we may entertain
angels without knowing it. Abraham had the opportunity to entertain angels.
18:1 And the LORD
appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent
door in the heat of the day;
18:2 And he lift up his
eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw
them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself
toward the ground,
18:3 And said, My Lord,
if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee,
from thy servant:
18:4 Let a little
water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest
yourselves under the tree:
18:5 And I will fetch a
morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall
pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said,
So do, as thou hast said.
18:6 And Abraham
hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly
three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the
18:7 And Abraham ran
unto the herd, and fetched a calf tender and good, and gave it unto
a young man; and he hasted to dress it.
18:8 And he took
butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it
before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.
18:9 And they said unto
him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent.
18:10 And he said, I
will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and,
lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent
door, which was behind him.
18:11 Now Abraham and
Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with
Sarah after the manner of women.
18:12 Therefore Sarah
laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have
pleasure, my lord being old also?
18:13 And the LORD said
unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety
bear a child, which am old?
18:14 Is any thing too
hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee,
according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.
have another record of a man entertaining angels in chapter 19 of
Genesis. Lot was
visited by 2 angels when he lived in Sodom.
19:1 And there came two
angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot
seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face
toward the ground;
19:2 And he said,
Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant's
house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up
early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in
the street all night.
it comes to loving others, we need to remember those that are in
bonds. And we know
Satan has so many people bound in sin today.
We need to remember to pray for the lost every day, and then
make an effort to reach them as God gives us opportunity.
13:4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but
whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content
with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave
thee, nor forsake thee.
speaks of marriage, and how that is honored by God and ordained of
him. Adam and Eve
were the first man and woman united in marriage.
2:21 And the LORD God
caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one
of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
2:22 And the rib, which
the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her
unto the man.
2:23 And Adam said,
This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be
called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
2:24 Therefore shall a
man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife:
and they shall be one flesh.
5 is one that we all need to take to heart.
When we have a lot, it is easy to be content. But Paul is telling the Hebrews to be content with “such
things as ye have.” Sometimes
the pot may be empty, and we are still to be content.
we have a promise from an unchanging God, and he has promised to
“NEVER LEAVE US nor forsake us.”
Because of this promise, we should fear no man as verse 6
13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will
not fear what man shall do unto me.
we have God on our side, we are in the majority. May not appear that way, but God is always righteous and on
the side of right. We
can truly know that our helper is God as the Psalmist David declared
in perhaps the greatest Psalm, Psalm 23.
23:1 A Psalm of David.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
23:2 He maketh me to
lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
23:3 He restoreth my
soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's
13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken
unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of
13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
are told to remember those that have the rule over you.
This is speaking of our
pastor who haves to give an account for all of us one day before the
Lord. And when they
speak the word of God to us, we are to listen.
God is the one who calls preachers, and they are to ones who
are over the churches.
20:28 Take heed
therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the
Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which
he hath purchased with his own blood.
was in the beginning with God when all things were created.
We have record of this in the book of John, and also when God
spoke of making man when he said “Let us make man in our image.”
The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are eternal and are
try to use this verse to teach that we today can still heal and
raise the dead as Christ did.
But this would be taking this out of context, and would not
be in harmony with other scriptures.
While Jesus is the same from the beginning unto the end, God
has chosen to deal with man differently through the years.
I believe we are so blessed to be living in the current
period called the dispensation of Grace.
It would have been very difficult to have lived during the
Old Testament times when God’s wrath came quickly upon man.
Today Jesus not choose to speak to us through a flaming bush,
but he did choose to speak to Moses through this manner.
Yet, He is still the same God.
In the early part of human history, God spoke direct to His
prophets. In the early days of the Apostles, he spoke through His
son. Today He
speaks to us through His word and the directing of the Holy Spirit.
Vernon McGee said this about Jesus.
Christ is the same, but we need to understand how He is the same. He
is the same in His character, in His person, and in His attributes,
but He is not the same in place or in performance. When I was in the
land of Israel I didn’t see Him over there. I saw very little
evidence at all of Him in that land. Over nineteen hundred years ago
He was in Bethlehem as a little baby, but He is no longer a baby and
He is not in Bethlehem. Later He was a little boy playing in the
streets of Nazareth, but I didn’t see Him. I saw a lot of little
boys, but He was not one of them. A few years later as a man He
walked through that land, and He did heal. I was in Jerusalem and I
saw Golgotha, but there is not a cross there and He is not on a
cross today. The whole thought of this epistle is that He is now at
the right hand of God: “… We have such an high priest, who is
set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens”
(Heb. 8:1); and we are to look “unto Jesus the author and finisher
of our faith …” (Heb. 12:2). He accomplished our redemption
nineteen hundred years ago, and He sat down at the right hand of
God. Right now He is up yonder, but some day He will come as the
King to the earth to establish His Kingdom. He has not yet called
His church out of the world, but some day He will do that. You see,
Jesus is not the same in place and performance, but He is the same
in His attributes .
13:9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For
it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not
with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied
can we keep ourselves from being carried about with divers and
strange doctrines? The
best way is to know God’s word, and that comes by studying and
continuing to study day after day.
We will never arrive when it comes to knowing God’s truths.
It is a lifelong pursuit, and God will bless us as we
continue to grow in His word. We
are warned in II Timothy that the day is coming when men will not
endure sound doctrine. But
we are told to study to show ourselves approved unto God as we
rightly divide the word of truth.
Tim 4:3 For the time
will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their
own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching
Tim 4:4 And they shall
turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto
Tim 2:15 Study to show
thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth.
Suffered Without the Gate
13:10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which
serve the tabernacle.
13:11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into
the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the
13:12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with
his own blood, suffered without the gate.
13:13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing
who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat at the altar with us.
The Old Testament believers went to God through the priest.
Those priests took the book of those animals into the
sanctuary to offer for sin. The
bodies of the beasts were burned on the outside of the sanctuary.
Clarke said this about the Old Testament Sacrifices.
For the bodies of those beasts—Though in making covenants, and in some victims
offered according to the law, the flesh of the sacrifice was eaten
by the offerers; yet the flesh of the sin-offering might no man eat:
when the blood was sprinkled before the holy place to make an
atonement for their souls, the skins, flesh, entrails, etc., were
carried without the camp, and there entirely consumed by fire; and
this entire consumption, according to the opinion of some, was
intended to show that sin was not pardoned by such offerings. For,
as eating the other sacrifices intimated they were made partakers of
the benefits procured by those sacrifices, so, not being permitted
to eat of the sin-offering proved that they had no benefit from it,
and that they must look to the Christ, whose sacrifice is pointed
out, that they might receive that real pardon of sin which the
shedding of his blood could alone procure. While, therefore, they
continued offering those sacrifices, and refused to acknowledge the
Christ, they had no right to any of the blessings procured by him,
and it is evident they could have no benefit from their own.
was tried and condemned in Jerusalem.
He was taken outside of the city and crucified on Mount
Calvary. It was
at the place called Golgotha, the place of the skull.
He tells us in verse 13, to now go unto Jesus without the
camp. We need to go to Calvary, and we need to glory in the cross
6:14 But God forbid
that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by
whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
are to Offer the Sacrifice of Praise
13:14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God
continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his
on earth, we don’t have a lot that we can depend on. Our life is fleeting, and we never know what the next
day holds. But we look
for a continuing city, the city of God which will be continuing
forever. We are
commanded in verse 15 to offer a sacrifice of praise to God
you are going to praise the Lord, you must do it now.
When our bodies go into the grave, our opportunity to praise
the Lord for this life will end.
4:14 Whereas ye know
not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a
vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
4:15 For that ye ought
to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
4:16 But now ye rejoice
in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.
13:16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such
sacrifices God is well pleased.
13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves:
for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that
they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is
unprofitable for you.
should continually offer praise to the Lord, and remember to pray
and thank God for what He has done for us.
Again, Paul tells us to remember those who have the rule over
us and to obey our pastors. The
pastor watches for your soul, and he will give an account for all
that was taught in the church one day.
May we all learn the truth, and put it forth to others that
God may be glorified. Our pastor’s desire is for us to draw near unto God and to
seek after His ways. And
if we are going to walk with God, we must be in agreement with him.
3:3 Can two walk
together, except they be agreed?
13:18 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all
things willing to live honestly.
13:19 But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be
restored to you the sooner.
13:20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our
Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of
the everlasting covenant,
13:21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working
in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus
Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
was always quick to ask for prayers from the brethren.
You and I need the prayers of one another, and we need to
pray for one another, for our pastor, for the leaders of our nation.
We need God every day, and every hour.
Paul wanted to live honestly with a good conscience.
Paul calls Christ the “Great Shepherd of the sheep” in
verse 20. And
thank God we have that everlasting covenant with Jesus.
Through him we can be made perfect and well pleasing in
10:11 I am the good
shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
10:12 But he that is an
hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth
the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf
catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.
10:13 The hireling
fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.
10:14 I am the good
shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
10:15 As the Father
knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for
Pet 5:4 And when the
chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that
fadeth not away.
Clarke commented this on Christ making us perfect.
you completely in joint. From the following terms we see what the
apostle meant by the perfection for which he prays. They were to do
the will of God in every good work, from God working in them that
which is well pleasing in his sight.
1.This necessarily implies a complete change in the whole soul, that God
may be well pleased with whatsoever he sees in it; and this supposes
being cleansed from all sin, for God’s sight cannot be pleased
thing that is unholy.
2.This complete inward purity is to produce an outward conformity to
will, so they were to be made perfect in every good work.
3.The perfection within and the perfection without were to be produced
the blood of the everlasting covenant; for although God is love, yet
it is not
consistent with his justice or holiness to communicate any good to
but through his Son, and through him as having died for the offenses
whom be glory for ever—As
God does all in, by, and through Christ Jesus, to him be the honor
of his own work ascribed through time and eternity. Amen.
13:22 And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation:
for I have written a letter unto you in few words.
13:23 Know ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty; with
whom, if he come shortly, I will see you.
13:24 Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the
saints. They of Italy salute you.
13:25 Grace be with you all. Amen.
works through the child of God.
Paul urges the brethren to accept the words of exhortation
that he has written. He
tells of how Timothy had been set at liberty through the saving
power of Jesus Christ. He closes with a salute to the brethren and asks that
grace be with you all. We
all need God’s grace to face the challenges that lie before us.
And He is able and faithful to sufficiently provide when we
will come and ask.
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